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Rockets fired from south Lebanon miss target

Lebanese soldiers find rockets that were ready to be launched into Israel, on Friday, July 11, 2014, (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Two rockets launched from south Lebanon meant for Israeli territory fell short of their target late Thursday night, landing inside Lebanon and incurring Israeli retaliatory shelling, a security source told The Daily Star.

The rockets were launched from the southern area of al-Arqoub towards Israel.

The Lebanese Armed forces announced Friday that one rocket fired from Al-Arqoub were found near the Abu Kamha village of Hasbaya.

The attack did not result in any death or damages.

Israeli forces responded with retaliatory shelling afterwards, firing two missiles north of the village of Marya in the south Lebanon Khraybe valley.

According to the source, the Israeli response did not result in any casualties.

The Lebanese Armed Forces erected checkpoints along the main Arqoub road and the ISF has launched investigations in search of the perpetrators, the source said.

Army investigators are also looking into how the rockets were transported, deployed and launched from Lebanese territory.

Unidentified militants launched salvoes of rockets from south Lebanon toward Israel on several occasions earlier this month, prompting retaliatory Israeli shelling of southern villages and heightening tensions on a border that has generally been calm since the end of the 2006 summer war.

Both the Army and UN Interim Force have amped up security along the Lebanese-Israeli border in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the attacks.

Security forces also erected a string of new checkpoints that begin at the Tyre town of Qana, passing through the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh and ending at Naqoura.

The Army had imposed strict measures in the region south of the Litani River that is bound by Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon.

The resolution bans Hezbollah from maintaining an armed presence in the area, restricting it to forces from the Army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.

 

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